UK Appalachian Center Eller & Billings Student Research Award

History of the Award

In the spirit of collaboration across units, colleges, and academic/community boundaries, the Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program have established the UK Appalachian Center Eller & Billings Student Research Award for research by University of Kentucky students focused in and on the Appalachian region, especially toward furthering the conversation on sustainable futures in the region. Named after longtime UK historian Ronald D. Eller and longtime UK sociologist Dwight B. Billings, the award seeks to encourage and promote cutting-edge research across disciplines. 

Award Information

The UK Appalachian Center Eller & Billings Student Research Award supports students who are involved in research studies focused in and on the Appalachian region. To be eligible for this award of up to $500, students are actively enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at the University of Kentucky. Funding may be used for supplies and other non-travel research-related and subsistence-related expenses. (Please note that this year, due to Covid-19 travel-related expenses are not eligible for funding as university-sponsored travel is strongly discouraged). Students from all disciplines encouraged to apply. Several awards will be given this funding cycle. Applications for the 2020-21 James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia that were NOT funded will be automatically entered into the competition for the UK Appalachian Center Eller & Billings Student Research Award.

Recipients will be asked to give an update on their research in a SWAP (Sharing Work on Appalachia in Progress) Presentation with Appalachian Studies faculty and students during the 2021-2022 academic year. Recipients will provide a copy of their presentation to be shared with the wider Appalachian Studies community. 

Applications and recommendations for the 2020-21 Eller & Billings Student Research Award are due Monday, February 15th, 2021.

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2020 Award Recipients:

Lauren Hudson, Undergraduate Student- Neuroscience and Biology, “Enhancing Cancer Literacy Among Appalachian Kentucky Middle and High School Students”

Courtney Walker, Epidemiology, "Environmental Risk Factors for Gestational Hypertension in Kentucky"
Kathleen Williams, Forestry and Natural Resources, “Survival and Cause-Specific Mortality of Elk Calves in Kentucky”


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